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question lately propounded by a public writer-of what is to become of the poor fools' of the next generation ?-must still stand without any satisfactory solution.
All this, however, is matter beyond our province. How young gentlemen and young ladies are to be aroused to encounter the difficulties of Hebrew Antiquities, Orthographic Projection, and Isometrical Drawing, Hydrostatics, Hydraulics, and Pneumatics, Meteorology, Physiology, Constitutional History, Elocution, Composition, and History of Literature, not to speak of all the branches of Mathematics, or all the Languages Ancient and Modern, which are here represented in class-books and more elaborate treatises, is a matter for those who undertake the important duties of instructing the young. Our task is simply to spread before our readers the almost unlimited choice to be found in our present number. To particularise, or even to direct attention to the chief characteristics of the lists of each publishing house, would be more than our space would permit; nor is it in fact necessary to do more than recall the old names familiar in connexion with this class of literature, whose publications are well known to all who are interested in Educational books. Here we find Messrs. Macmillan's lists, comprising Mr. Barnard Smith's well-known Arithmetical class-books, Mr. Todhunter's Algebraical and general Mathematical works, and numerous other classes; Messrs. Rivington's books on Religious Education, and their introductions to Latin, Greek, and other languages; Messrs. Longman & Co.'s lists, comprising Gleig's School Series, Colenso's Elementary Mathematical Works, Stevens and Hole's School Series, White's Latin Dictionaries, Laurie's Graduated Series of Reading Books; Messrs. Deighton, Bell, & Co.'s Classical and other books; Messrs. Simpkin & Marshall's miscellaneous works; Messrs. Cassell, Petter, & Galpin's numerous and varied publications; Messrs. Walton & Maberly's English Grammars; Messrs. A. & C. Black's Standard School and College Books; Messrs. Churchill's Scientific Educational Books; Messrs. Griffith & Farran's publications, including Darnell's Copy Books, and works on Algebra, Arithmetic, Geography, French, and German; Mr. Tegg's cheap publications of various kinds; Messrs. Low, Son, & Co.'s list, including Dr. Worcester's Dictionary, Dr. Andrews' Latin-English Lexicon, Books on Elocution, &c.; Messrs. Virtue Brothers' Educational Works, now including the well-known Weale's Series; Mr. Nimmo's works, cheap, useful, and well got up; Messrs. Lockwood & Co.'s list of French and German Classical books and books for Nursery and Maternal Tuition; the very extensive lists of Foreign Classical and other books of Messrs. Asher & Co., Trübner & Co., Dulau & Co., Nutt, and Williams & Norgate: besides which we have Messrs. Dean & Sons' books, including Miss Corner's Histories, the Home Lesson Books, and the long lists of Mr. Collins, Mr. T. J. Allman, Messrs. Butterworths-which are chiefly Law Books for StudentsBell & Daldy's lists, and the lists of Messrs. Hamilton Adams & Co., Whitfield Green & Son, Jackson Walford & Hodder, Whittaker & Co., and others.
The following is our usual summary of the more important publications of the past fortnight: IN LITERATURE, SCIENCE, AND ART, Mr. Patterson, hitherto known chiefly as an Essayist on Art and Literature, publishes a thick volume on the Economy of Capital, or Gold and Trade, comprising recent papers on that subject in Blackwood's Magazine, and of which it will be sufficient to say that the author is a strong opponent of the Bank Act of 1844. Mr. James Hutchison Stirling gives us two volumes on The Secret of Hegel, or the Hegelian System in Origin, Principle, Form, and Matter,-on which recondite subject we shall not be expected to do more than announce the appearance of the work; and we find a translation of Dr. Carl Vogt's Lectures on Man, a standard ethnological work translated and edited by Mr. James Hunt.
IN HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, we find no less than three books of narrative and criticism, more or less military, on the present war in America. The first is Lieut.-Col. Fletcher's History of the American War, of which we have a first volume treating of the first year of the war (1861-62); the second is entitled Major-General McClellan and the Campaign on the Yorktown Peninsula, the author of which was the special correspondent of the Morning Star in America; and the third, Capt. Chesney's Campaigns in Virginia, Maryland, &c. a second volume (continuing the History to the end of the third year of the war), with maps. Mr. Skinner, the special correspondent of the Daily News in Denmark during the recent war, republishes his narratives under the pleasant title of The Tale of Danish Heroism; and we have Mr. Charles Perkins' longannounced Lives of the Tuscan Sculptors, with accounts of their Works and Times,-two beautiful volumes with 45 etchings and 28 wood engravings.
IN GEOGRAPHY AND TRAVEL, Mrs. Beke publishes a remarkable volume of travels in the Holy Land, entitled Jacob's Flight, or a Pilgrimage to Harran, and thence in the Patriarch's footsteps into the Promised Land,-with illustrations, and with an introduction and a map by Dr. Beke; Mr. G. T. Bonney, a thin quarto of Outline Sketches in the High Alps of Dauphiné, with 13 plates, describing a region hitherto unexplored by our Alpine travellers; another member of the Alpine Club follows in the same field with a volume entitled, How we Spent the Summer, or a Voyage en Zigzag in Switzerland and Tyrol, on 43 plates, &c. &c.; and Mr.C. F. Weld, whose books of autumn rambles may be considered almost as an established annual, gives us a volume descriptive of his experiences during last winter in Rome.
IN THEOLOGY, we have M. de Bunsen's long-announced work entitled The Hidden Wisdom of Christ and the Key of Knowledge, or History of the Apocrypha, in 2 vols.—a book which may be expected to give rise to a considerable amount of controversy in theological reviews. Under the editorship of Mr. W. Wright, who contributes a preface, we have a work on Ancient Syriac Documents relative to the earliest establishment of Christianity in Edessa and the neighbouring countries, from the year after our Lord's ascension to the beginning of the fourth century, discovered, edited, translated and annotated by the late W. Cureton, D.D. Mr. J. M. Ludlow
publishes a volume entitled Woman's Work in the Church, Historical Notes on Deaconesses and Sisterhoods, comprising, among other matter, the striking article on Deaconesses which appeared some time since in the Edinburgh Review. Under the title of Plain Words on Christian Living, Dr. C. J. Vaughan publishes a volume of brief Religious and Moral Essays. We find also Luther's Letters to Women, collected by Dr. K. Zimmerman, translated by Mrs. Malcolm; and a work by the Rev. J. L. Porter on the Pentateuch and the Gospels, a Statement of our Lord's Testimony to the Mosaic Authorship, Historic Truth, and Divine Authority of the Pentateuch.
IN FICTION, the stream of which abundant class of literature appears to be somewhat slackening, we find Christian's Mistake, by the Author of John Halifax, Gentleman, &c., in 1 vol.; Kinkora, an Irish Story, by the Hon. Albert Canning, 2 vols.; and the Diary of Mrs. Kitty Trevylyan, a Story of the Times of Whitefield and the Wesleys, by the Author of Chronicles of the Schönberg-Cotta Family.
IN EDUCATIONAL LITERATURE, Mr. J. C. Buckmaster publishes a little volume on the Elements of Experimental Physics, Acoustics, Light and Heat, Magnetism and Electricity. Among MEDICAL works, we have from Mr. Mackenzie Morell a book on the use of the Laryngoscope in Diseases of the Throat. In POETRY, we find a Collection of the Poetical Writings of the late Mr. Frank Smedley, with a graceful memorial preface by Mr. Edmund Yates, with illustrations; while among NEW EDITIONS we note a second of Messrs. Ledwichs' Practical and Descriptive Anatomy of the Human Body, revised and enlarged by E. Ledwich; and Messrs. Moxon's popular volume of Selections from the Poet-Laureate's works, with a portrait, forming the first of a series of Miniature Poets.
Mr. MURRAY'S quarterly list of announcements comprises, as usual, a large number of important works, some of which, however, have been already announced. Among the principal of these are a sixth edition of Sir Charles Lyell's Elements of Geology, or the ancient changes of the Earth and its Inhabitants, enlarged and thoroughly revised, with 770 woodcuts; Some Account of Gothic Architecture in Spain, from Personal Observations during several Journeys through that Country, by George Edmund Street, with numerous plans and illustrations; Peking and the Pekingese, Narrative of a Residence at the British Embassy during its First Year at Peking, by Staff-Surgeon Rennie, on special service under the Government of India, illustrated by sketches made by George Hugh Wyndham, and photographs; Researches into the History of Mankind, and the Early Development of Civilisation, by Edward Burnet Tylor, Author of Mexico and the Mexicans, with illustrations; Life and Times of Sir Joshua Reynolds, commenced by the late C. R. Leslie, continued and concluded by Tom Taylor, with portraits; Illustrations of the Brick and Terra-Cotta Buildings of Lombardy, 14th and 15th centuries, as Examples for Imitation in other countries, from careful drawings and restorations, engraved and printed in colours, with sections, mouldings, and working drawings, by Lewis Gruner; Plato, and the other Companions of Socrates, by George Grote, F.R.S.; a second part of Lectures on the History of the Jewish Church, by Dean Stanley; Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambezi and its Tributaries, and of the Discovery of Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa, 1858-1864, by Dr. Livingstone and Mr. Charles Livingstone, with map and illustrations from sketches and photographs; Lives and Characters of the Warriors of the Thirty Years' War, by Lieut.-Gen. Sir Edward Cust; the Final Court of Appeal in Ecclesiastical Causes, a Collection of the Judgments of the Privy Council in Cases of Doctrine and Discipline from 1840 to 1864, with an historical Account of the Appellate Jurisdiction in the Church of England, prepared, under the direction of the Bishop of London, by the Hon. George C. Brodrick and the Rev. W. H. Fremantle, Memorials of Service in India, from the Correspondence of the late Major Macpherson, Agent for the Suppression of Human Sacrifices in Orissa, and at the Court of Scindiah during the Mutiny, edited by his brother, William Macpherson, with illustrations; The New Testament Illustrated, by a plain explanatory Commentary, and by authentic views of places mentioned, from photographs and sketches made on the spot, by Archdeacon Churton and Rev. Basil Jones, with 100 illustrations, 2 vols.; The Harvest of the Sea, an Account of various Kinds of Fish useful as Food or otherwise to man, their Habits, and the modes of Catching and Rearing them, by James G. Bertram, with illustrations; Memoirs Illustrative of the Art of Glass Painting, by the late Charles Winston, of the Inner Temple, with illustrations; Tabulæ Curiales, or Tables of the Superior Courts of Westminster Hall, showing the Judges who sat in them from 1066 to 1864, with the Attorney and Solicitor-Generals of each reign from the institution of those offices, to which is prefixed an alphabetical list of all the Judges during the same period, distinguishing the reigns in which they flourished, and the courts in which they sat, by Edward Foss, of the Inner Temple, Author of The Judges of England; The History, Geography, and Antiquities of Media, Babylon, and Persia, being the third and fourth volumes of the Five Ancient Monarchies, by Professor Rawlinson, M.A., with illustrations, 2 vols. 8vo. ; Church Politics and Church Prospects; Physical Geography of the Holy Land, by the late Rev. Edward Robinson, D.D., Professor of Biblical Literature in the Theological Seminary, New York; The second edition of The Student's Blackstone, a systematic Abridgment of Sir W. Blackstone's Commentaries, adapted to the present state of the Law, by Robert Malcolm Kerr; and the following works by Dr. William Smith:-A Classical and Biblical Atlas; A New English-Latin Dictionary, compiled from original sources (uniform with Dr. Smith's Latin-English Dictionary); A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities, comprising the History, Institutions, Archæology, Geography, and Biography of the Christian Church from the Times of the Apostles to the Age of Charlemagne, by various writers, with illustrations; The Student's Manual of Modern
Geography, by the Rev. W. L. Bevan, M.A., with maps and other illustrations; and The Student's Manual of Scripture History; &c.
Messrs. LONGMAN & Co. will publish before the end of the month The Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, by W. E. H. Lecky, M.A., 2 vols.; Elihu Jan's Story, or the Private Life of an Eastern Queen, by William Knighton, Author of The Private Life of an Eastern King; Essays on Religion and Literature, by various writers, edited by H. E. Manning, D.D. The latter volume will contain an Introductory Essay by Cardinal Wiseman; papers on the Influence of the Church on Art in the Dark Ages, by Daniel Rock, D.D.; The Subjects proper to the Academia, by the Editor; the Birthplace of St. Patrick, by Cashel Hoey; articles on the Position of a Catholic minority in a Non-Catholic Country, by Frederick Oakley; on Bishop Colenso's objections to the Veracity of Holy Writ, by Francis Henry Laing; On the Corroboration of Things supposed to be Legendary by Modern Research, by Cardinal Wiseman; and On Christianity in Relation to Civil Society, by Edward Lucas.
Messrs. RIVINGTONS have now ready The Public Schools Calendar for 1865, edited by a Graduate of the University of Oxford; and in the press Household Theology, a Handbook of Religious Information respecting the Holy Bible, the Prayer Book, the Church, the Ministry, Divine Worship, the Creeds, &c. by the Rev. J. H. Blunt, Author of Directorium Pastorale; The Age and the Gospel, four Sermons, to which is added a Discourse on Final Retribution, by Daniel Moore, Author of Thoughts on Preaching; The Church on the Rock, Six Lectures on Romanism, delivered at St. Mary-Church, Devon, by the Rev. J. Mason Cox; Virgil's Æneid, Books I.-VI., with English Notes, chiefly from the edition of P. Wagner, by T. Clayton and C. S. Jerram, formerly Scholars of Trinity College, Oxford; and a first part of Vol. 2 of The New Testament for English Readers, containing the Authorized Version, with Corrections of Readings and Renderings, Marginal References, and a Critical and Explanatory Commentary, by Henry Alford, Dean of Canterbury, to be completed in 2 large vols.
Mr. ALEXANDER STRAHAN will publish immediately A Year at the Shore, by Philip Henry Gosse, with 36 illustrations by the Author printed in colours; The Throne of Grace, by the Author of The Pathway of Promise, &c.; The Personal Names in the Bible, by the Rev. W. F. Wilkinson, M.A., Vicar of St. Werburgh's, Derby, and Joint-Author of Wilkinson and Webster's Greek Testament; &c.
Messrs. Low, SON, & MARSTON will publish immediately a new work in one volume, entitled The English Schoolroom, or Thoughts on Private Tuition, Practical and Suggestive, by the Rev. Anthony F. Thomson.
Messrs. RICHARDSON & Co. have in the press A Sequel to Some Glimpses into Life in the Far East, containing further interesting information in relation to Indian Manners, Customs, &c. Messrs. CHURCHILL & Co. are preparing for publication A Treatise on Idiocy and its Cognate Affections, by Langdon H. Down, M.D., Physician to the Asylum for Idiots.
A volume entitled Angel Visits, and other Poems, will be published in a few days by Messrs. SMITH, ELDER, & Co., who also announce the following new novels for publication this month: By the Sea, by the Author of Hester Kirton, &c. 2 vols.; Once and Again, by the Author of Who Breaks, Pays, &c. 3 vols.; Belial, 2 vols. ; and Grasp your Nettle, by E. Lynn Linton, Author of The Lake Country, Azeth the Egyptian, &c.
Messrs. EDMONSTON & DOUGLAS will shortly publish A Short American Tramp in the Fall of 1864, by the Editor of Life in Normandy, 1 vol.; Travels, by Umbra, 1 vol.; Forest SketchesDeer Stalking and other Sports in the Highlands Fifty Years Ago, with Illustrations by │ Gourlay Steell, 1 vol.; &c.
In Mr. BENTLEY's list of works in preparation we find A Lady's Walks in the South of France, by Mary Eyre, in 1 vol. with an illustration (reprinted from one of Messrs. Cassell's publications); and Love's Conflict, a novel, by Florence Marryat, daughter of the late Captain Marryat, in 3 vols.
A new and cheaper edition of History of the Romans under the Empire, by the Rev. C. Merivale, with maps, in 8 monthly volumes, is about to be published by Messrs. LONGMAN & Co. Messrs. TINSLEY BROTHERS will publish this week a new work of fiction by the Author of Paved with Gold, entitled Faces for Fortunes, by Augustus Mayhew, 3 vols.; also, Avila Hope, a novel, 2 vols.; the Life of Masaniello of Naples, by Mrs. Horace St. John, 1 vol.; and two volumes on Shooting and Fishing in North America, being a Sporting Tour through the United States in 1862-63, by Henry Revoil.
A new Latin-English Dictionary, abridged from the larger work of White and Riddle by John T. White, will be published in one thick volume 8vo. on February 13; and a Junior Latin-English Dictionary, abridged from the above, will be ready in the spring.
Messrs. CHAPMAN & HALL'S list of new works in the press includes A Famous Forgery, being the Story of the Unfortunate Doctor Dodd, by Percy Fitzgerald, 1 vol.; Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California, by James M. Hutchins, with above 100 illustrations; The Life of Thorwaldsen, by M. R. Barnard; &c.
Messrs. AYLOTT & SONS have in the press Home-Training, or School Exile, a Discussion for the Day, by the Rev. John R. Pretyman.
Mr. Moxon will publish shortly Atalanta in Calydon, by Algernon C. Swinburne-we pre
sume, a poem.
Messrs. SMITH, ELDER, & Co. have nearly ready a work on Capital Punishment, based on Professor Mittermaier's Die Todesstrafe, edited by John Macrae Moir.
Messrs. MAXWELL & Co. have nearly ready Mr. Henry J. Byron's novel Paid in Full,
reprinted from Temple Bar Magazine, in 3 vols.; also in 1 vol., with original portrait, engraved on steel, Shakspeare, his Inner Life, as Intimated in his Writings, by John A. Heraud; Put to the Test, a novel, 3 vols.; Jack Scudamore's Daughter, a Domestic Story, 3 vols.; a new novel by Sir C. F. Lascelles Wraxall, Bart., in 3 vols., entitled Mercedes; &c.
A new book for boys and girls is announced by Messrs. WHITTAKER & Co., entitled Life and Adventures of Robin Hood and his Merry Companions, printed on toned paper, with illustrations. The Life of Michael Angelo, by Herman Grimm, translated by F. E. Bunnett, is now ready, in 2 vols., with photographic portrait, published by Messrs. SMITH, ELDER, & Co.
The Emperor Napoleon's great work on the Life and Campaigns of Cæsar, so many years preparing, will be published in its English form by Messrs. Cassell, Petter, & Galpin. The work is expected to excite great interest by reason of the fulness of its details and its remarkable identification of the places in the Gallic and Spanish wars alluded to in the Com
A singular book, entitled the Psychonomy of the Hand, has just been published in a thin quarto form by Mr. Pitman, of Paternoster Row. It is founded on the French work by Messrs. D'Arpentigny and Desbarrolles, who have endeavoured to show that every mental organisation is uniformly accompanied by a certain definite form of hand. In fact, what Lavater has done for Physiognomy, these authors, and Mr. Beamish, the editor of the present work and the wellknown Author of the Life of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, undertake to do for this portion of the human body. It must be confessed that poor humanity in these times sits in a glass-house. What is to become of the old notions about the inward peace and retirement of the soul, when every part of the human body is now becoming a betrayer of mental secrets? What room will be left for reserved and cautious people when it is impossible not to let everybody know as much about yourself as you could tell them. Here is Mr. Tweedie in the Strand publishing a number of ideal portraits typifying all the passions, by which jealous, distrustful, goodhearted, bigoted, generous, or other characters may be known in a moment. Already a man cannot take off his hat without betraying to learned phrenologists every quality of his nature; and now it appears we must keep our gloves on or give up all hope of concealing our little failings or weaknesses from the world.
The recent mystification between The Pall Mall Gazette and the Glowworm is now cleared up. The Pall Mall Gazette is the new evening journal, not conservative in politics, but highly genteel in tone, which heralds its approach by promising, in a style rather hackneyed of late, to address itself to educated people.' The Glowworm is to be something like the Paris Entr' Acte, an evening journal to circulate chiefly in the theatres.
Messrs. DIDOT & Co. of Paris have followed up their exquisite pocket editions of Virgil and Horace by a similar volume of the Odes of Anacreon, which cannot fail to add to the already European fame of that bouse for beauty of typography and general finish. The Odes are given in Greek, with the French translations on opposite pages, and with headings printed in red, and red lines round every page. It would require the knowledge of a practical printer to appreciate all the difficulty of producing the wonderful evenness in the impression throughout the volume. The volume is preceded by a life of Anacreon, and a history of the text, and contains upwards of fifty beautiful illustrations reproduced with great care by photography from Girodet's pictures. The volume is published in London by Messrs. Asher & Co.
Mr. Edmund Yates, the Author of Broken to Harness, will commence a new story of English life in the March number of Temple Bar with the title of Land at Last.
The London Almanack and Commercial Record, a copy of which is now before us, is remarkable, if for nothing else, for the happy unconsciousness of its compiler of the progress of modern political economy. Indeed, the editor appears to be a perfect Rip Van Winkle of political science, revelling in all the exploded theories of unfavourable balances of trade, and the terrible 'loss' in our transactions with Egypt, China, and Russia. As a cheap substitute for such books as the Statesman's Year Book (from which some of its matter is taken), such a little book would be useful, if reliance could be placed on its facts; but city and commercial folks will probably be disinclined to trust a guide who actually sets down our exports to British possessions in 1863 at upwards of nine hundred and fifty millions sterling, or nearly twenty times as much as the true figures.
Mr. NIMMO, of Edinburgh, has commenced an excellent cheap and attractive series of books for the young, in bright cloth binding, neatly gilt. Each volume contains a frontispiece or coloured illustration, and is elegantly printed by Messrs. Ballantyne & Co. In the first six little volumes we find a little volume containing three tales, entitled Little Threads, and telling the history of the lives of Tangle Thread, Golden Thread, and Silver Thread; The Perils of Greatness, the story of Alexander Menschikoff, and the story of Benjamin Franklin, the Printer's Boy; Four Little People and their Friends, a series of Fairy Tales from the German; and our old holiday gift-book favourites Paul and Virginia, and the Exiles of Siberia. The volumes are issued at the uniform price of one shilling, and are peculiarly adapted for school prize-books.
An important typographical error in a paragraph in our last number on the new Englishman's Magazine makes it necessary to repeat the substance as follows:-The first number of the Englishman's Magazine is in thickness and general appearance well up to the requirements of buyers of shilling monthlies accustomed to Cornhill and Temple Bar size. Its cover, beautifully engraved in the ornamental leaf-and-stem style, is, perhaps, a little too ecclesiastical and antiquarian for a
magazine which, although of a strictly Church of England tone, is addressed to general readers; but the contents are varied and interesting. Among the principal articles are an Essay on Purpose in Life, by the Author of The Gentle Life; papers on the Position and Prospects of the Church; Dr. Newman and the Church of England; The Text of Shakespere, by Dr. Mansfield Ingleby, LL.D.; John Hanning Speke; Readings on the Old Testament; On the Earth as a Habitation, by Professor D. T. Ansted; the Causes and Moral Effects of Strikes; The Great Eagle; Things New and Old, by the Editor; a poem by Miss Christina Rossetti; &c.
The cheap edition of Tytler's well-known History of Scotland is now completed by the publication of the fourth volume, just issued by Mr. NIMMO of Edinburgh. The work is neatly printed in double columns, similar to the people's edition of Lord Macaulay's Essays. biographical sketch of the late Patrick Fraser Tytler is prefixed. Each volume contains an extensive tabular view of contents, and the work is accompanied by an extremely copious index. Mr. J. G. H. Skinner, the special correspondent of the Daily News in Denmark during the war, has gathered together his papers from that journal in a volume entitled The Tale of Danish Heroism, just published by Messrs. BICKERS & SON. Mr. Skinner's letters attracted a good deal of attention at the time of their appearance for the spirit and vivacity of their descriptions not only of the war, but of the people of Schleswig. In the present form, with the maps which accompany them, they form a concise and interesting narrative of that memorable struggle.
Messrs. ADAMS & FRANCIS have published a collection of Yankee wit, compiled by Mr. Robert Kemp, under the title of The American Joe Miller. As in most such collections, the wit is not always of the highest order, but the little volume will contrast favourably with any of its predecessors in the field. The sayings of Abraham Lincoln which now and then go the round of the American papers will be here found carefully gathered together. The volume is neatly printed,
with an index.
The fashion of sketching characters in the style of Theophrastus has gone out, but the characters of Sir Thomas Overbury, of John Earle, and Samuel Butler, apart from their cleverness, have an historical value as portraits of common types of men in the days of those writers. Mr. NIMMO has done a useful service in bringing them together in a single volume, under the title of A Book of Characters. The volume contains an engraved portrait of the Author of Hudibras, and is handsomely bound, with gilt edges, uniform with the publisher's new presentation series of standard works.
Miss EMILY FAITHFULL publishes a volume on the Philosophy of the Immortality of the Soul and the Resurrection of the Human Body, by Mr. J. H. Freese, who describes himself as formerly a merchant in London and Rio de Janeiro, and now director of the Collegiate Institution at Nova Friburgo, Brazil, and Author of Everybody's Book, &c. The work consists almost entirely of quotations from standard authors who have written on these subjects, biographical sketches (also selected) of writers consulted in the compilation of the volume; and arguments, which are also extracted from the works of various authors. The work is rather eccentric in form, but it will be seen from our account of its contents that the severest criticism of its matter will not affect the literary reputation of Mr. Freese.
Mr. Lewis Hough, M.A., who describes himself as a private in the light literature brigade,' has collected his sketches and stories from the magazines in an eighteenpenny volume entitled Hits, published by Mr. PITMAN. Some of the sketches originally made their appearance in
Once a Week.
Under the title of Brutal Outrage on a Living Musician, the Morning Star has the following amusing paragraph :- -The musical critic of the Reader, in the last number of that paper, speaks of 1864 as "the year in which we have buried the greatest of living composers." appears therefore that, although buried, the greatest musician in question is still living. Why not dig him up at once? There are not so many of the race that we can afford to leave one gasping in a chilly vault while nobodies try to write operas. This is a matter to be looked to, and there would be refreshing novelty in a coroner's inquest which resulted in a verdict of "Found alive, and kicking." Besides, we want to know who took the unpardonable liberty of burying him alive. Where are the police?' Journalists are proverbially hard on one another's blunders, although experience, one would think, of the inevitable accidents of hasty composition might be expected to make them charitable. In the above case the joke was no doubt felt to be too good to be missed.
Our obituary includes the name of Mr. Richard Thomson, the well-known scholar and antiquary, and the author of The Chronicles of Old London Bridge. His first work, published in 1820, was A Faithful Account of the Processions and Ceremonies observed in the Coronation of the Kings and Queens of England. This was followed in the same year by a work entitled The Book of Life, a Bibliographical Melody, dedicated to the Roxburghe Club. His next work, The Chronicles of London Bridge, appeared anonymously in 1827, and attracted attention from the research displayed and the skilful manner in which the author made use of his abundant materials. In the following year he published Illustrations of British History. This work, which occupied two volumes of Constable's Miscellany, gives a full account of the sources of English history, its object being similar to that of the famous Historical Libraries of Bishop Nicolson. His subsequent works were Tales of an Antiquary (1828), Historical Essay on the Magna Charta (1829), and Legends of London (1832). For many years past Mr. Thomson has held the librarianship of the London Institution.